Australia is a vast country – about the size of western Europe. That’s why it’s essential to plan your driving holiday, especially if you have a very limited time to visit. This article contains our top tips to ensure your Australian driving holiday goes off without a hitch.
What Do You Want in a Holiday?
Everybody is different, no two holidays are alike… and not everybody enjoys the same style of holiday. People who hire our campervans come from all walks of life. Some of our customers have included:
- Surfers who plan to hit the waves at every possible stop.
- International tourists wanting to experience famous Australian tourist attractions such as Wave Rock, travel the Nullarbor or climb Uluru.
- Elderly campers who wish to soak up the scenery, read a book under the treetops with the occasional visit to a local winery.
- Families planning quality time together with a variety of activities from swimming, to caving and simply enjoying an evening campfire meal.
What about you? What activities would you like to do on your driving holiday? If you’re not sure, it’s time to start thinking about the kinds of things you enjoy. Also think about how much activity you’d like to include. Do you want to be busy and entertained every moment of the day, do you want to spend a lot of time driving, or do you want to spend a lot of time relaxing with nothing to do?
Choosing Your Activities
The advantage of taking a driving holiday is that you can visit many different areas. Here are just some of the activities available to you depending on where you travel on your driving holiday in Australia:
- Swimming – at the beach, or in rivers, streams and waterholes depending on the location.
- Water Sports – surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, canoeing/kayaking.
- Hiking – specially created bush walks, such as Western Australia’s Bibbulmun Track are equipped with shelters along the track. You can complete portions of the walks (which should take a few hours), or complete the trail (alloy days or weeks depending on the trail).
- Fishing – you should double-check with the tourist bureau at every town to make sure you are finish legally.
- Campfire Cooking
Scheduling Your Activities
Most driving holidays in Australia involve a lot of driving time. Due to the sheer size of the continent, there can be many hours between destinations. For this reason, you should schedule your activities around your driving. Here are some tips to make it easier:
- Heavy activity is best after a long drive. If you’re keen to get out and exercise in the great outdoors, the best time to do it is after a long drive. For example, if you spend Day 1 driving, your body will love to go hiking or surfing on Day 2. Planning activities this way is a great way to keep yourself energized during your holiday.
- Allow enough time. It can be tempting to squeeze as much as possible out of every day, but it’s important to allow enough time for every activity. If you have planned to visit a winery, allow at least an hour or two to sample the wines, eat the produce and explore the property. For other tourist attractions, ask the local tourist bureau for advice on how much time you should allow. Remember to allocate time for eating and rest stops during the day.
- “Rest” can be an activity too. We recommend you schedule a day of nothing! With no plans, you’re free to soak up the atmosphere. If you are staying in a caravan park, you can discover the features and activities available. If you are sleeping in a hire camper van, you can spend the day resting and wandering around your campsite.
TOP TIP – Don’t over-fill your schedule! Avoid stressing yourself out… give yourself time to relax between each of your holiday activities.
Making Seasonal Plans
Contrary to the portrayal of Australia in the famous Crocodile Dundee movies, it’s not hot all year round. Depending on where you are in Australia, it may even be snowing! With that in mind, you must ensure your planned activities are suitable for the season.
- During Summer, Central Australia is especially hot and not recommended for people accustomed to colder climates. Summer months may also bring cyclones in the north of Australia, so be aware.
- Jellyfish swarms are seasonal and vary from location to location. If you’re keen to swim, be sure there are no jellyfish swarming in the area.
- During Winter, you may want to avoid beach camping. Instead, we recommend bush walking and tourist attractions.
Booking Your Holiday
Bear in mind that peak-season sees many Aussies escaping to caravan parks and hotels/motels on popular coastal towns. The accommodation may be stretched to the limit and food and attractions will be expensive. For this reason, we recommend booking early.
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